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Cities We Serve
Aventura is rich in cultural diversity. Miami-Dade County has the largest Latino population in the United States, and more than one-third of Aventura’s residents identify as Hispanic or Latino. The area is also known for its Jewish population—nearly 4% of residents identify Hebrew as a primary language. The city also has a vibrant Russian community.Aventura is a young city—while development in the area begin in the 1970s (the area was originally called Turnberry, and then re-named for the Spanish word for “adventure”), it only became an incorporated city in 1995. It is also one of the fastest-growing communities in south Florida. Between 2000 and 2010, the city’s population skyrocketed—it grew 41.5%. By comparison, Miami-Dade County’s population rose by 10.8% and Florida’s population statewide grew by 17.6%. As of July 2017, the city’s population was 37,262. During the most recent census (2010), the city’s age distribution was: 17% under age 20; 19% age 20-34, 26% age 35-34, 13% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+.
The area is a popular destination for visitors. Locals and globetrotters alike flock to its coastal location—just one mile west of the Atlantic Ocean—and ideal climate. The city is home to the famous luxury resort Turnberry Isle, and also boasts the fifth-largest and second most-visited shopping mall in the United States, which features more than 300 stores from both major retailers, like Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, to renowned luxury retailers, such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Breitling, Burberry and more. Other area highlights include the city’s exclusive parks: Founders Park, Founders Park Bayside, Waterways Park, Waterways Dog Park and Veterans Park. The city has a community recreation center and a theater. Another popular destination is The Turnberry Golf Course—it’s surrounded by Country Club Drive Circle, a three-mile, multimillion dollar recreation trail which showcases sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, nearby luxury yachts and residential high rises and vistas of nearby lakes. People wishing to explore the area are invited to participate in the city’s bike sharing program, one of many community services offered by the city.
In addition to being a popular tourist destination, the city appeals to residents with its low crime rates and excellent schools. In 2016, the police department reported 1,375 total crimes, approximately 50% of which were misdemeanors. During the same year there were no murders and only six reports of robbery. While the city is served by the Miami-Dade public school system, the city opened a state-of-the-art charter school, ACES, in 2003. The school houses 1,020 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. It is operated by both the city and Charter Schools, USA, and is located adjacent to the city’s Community Recreation Center, allowing the two structures to share facilities. ACES is known for its low student to faculty ratio, cutting-edge technology integration in every classroom, specialty classes including music and foreign language, and a progressive curriculum that exceeds state and national standards. In 2006, the school was ranked among the top 10 of all Florida schools. The City Commission is currently working with Charter Schools, USA to develop a charter high school. The school, which is slated to open in August 2019, will have capacity to serve 800 students in grades 9-12.
Aventura, Florida has a footprint of only 3.2 square miles. The total real estate value of the city is estimated at $10 billion. As of July 2017, the median home value was $345,000. Median list price was $419,950 or $300 per square foot, which is significantly higher than the Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro average of $211. Median rent price in the city is $2,300 per month. As of 2010, there were 11,756 owner occupied residences; 6,136 renter occupied residences and 8,228 season and vacant residences. The city has the lowest property tax rate in Miami-Dade County, and has not increased its tax rate for more than 20 years. The current tax rate is $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
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Bayview, known as “Eagle’s Nest” or “Shipping Pen” in its earlier days, played a key role in the history of Florida as a shipping port to ship out cattle that had been driven over from the central part of the state. More shipping led to more settlement and eventually schools, post offices, and citrus fruit plantations began to spring up in the area. Orange and Tangerine orchards soon became important parts of the local economy with plantation owners shipping the fruit nationally. After railroads became the primary mode of shipping at the turn of the century, the city of Clearwater increased in size and population with Bayview being absorbed into the larger development.
One of the smallest communities in Florida, historic Bayview is still inhabited by many descendants of the original McMullen clan who have pushed to remain a significant part of the state’s history and encourage visitors to come down and appreciate the old charm that the community has to offer. Some of the older homes, school houses, and post offices are still standing and serve as both, reminders of where the original settlers came from and symbols of the rich history the community has.
Property values in the area have gone up in the past few years thanks to the development of condominiums that have taken advantage of demand for access to nearby Clearwater Beach – one of the cleanest and well maintained in Florida. A popular destination for spring and summertime vacationers, Clearwater beach has lifeguards that patrol from 9:30am to 4:30pm and includes facilities like showers, concession stands, and bike and umbrella rentals. Other attractions like kayaking, windsurfing, boat tours, and flight excursions are also available via the beach. Those not looking to participate in water based activities can visit country clubs for a round of golf, enjoy outdoor birdwatching, relax in spa retreats or visit the adjacent Pier 60.
Pier 60 is a 1080 ft. long fishing pier located on the beach and is home to a variety of events and attractions in both the summer and winter months. During peak hours, vacationers and residents alike can find artists, vendors, and craftsmen selling their products while musicians, entertainers and other performers display their talents to groups and sometimes larger audiences. Beach goers can also take a ten minute ride via the Clearwater Memorial Causeway and visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an attraction for people of all ages visiting the city. A non-profit organization that uses ticket sales to fund the facilities, the aquarium is dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation with most of the animals being treated for some kind of injury that prevents their return to the wild. At the aquarium, guests can see a variety of animals including river otters, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and, most famously, bottlenose dolphins that have been featured in several motion pictures.
Because of its proximity to the beach, the average rental cost is higher than 70% of the neighborhoods in Florida. According to the latest scout reports, the median real estate price is $102,971 while the average rental price is $1,523. The real estate in the community consists of primarily small to medium sized apartment complexes, high rise apartments, and mobile homes with most residents being owners or renters. Listed sales prices vary widely from $13,900 to older one bedroom, one bathroom apartments to $775,000 for three bedroom, two bathroom beachfront condominiums. Most of the living spaces in the area are concentrated on small studios and one bedroom, one bathroom apartments while 69% of the real estate is classified as apartment complexes or high rise apartments.
The vacancy rate, however, is rather high with 42% of all real estate vacant – a higher rate than 97.5% of the neighborhoods in America. Residents in the area have a higher income than roughly 45% of neighborhoods in America, making it a middle income neighborhood. About half the population is employed in professional occupations while 18% take assistant or clerical positions. Other residents work in sales, service industry, manufacturing, and labor occupations.
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Located on the southeastern tip of Florida, Broward County is the second-most populated county in the Sunshine State and the 17th-most densely populated in the country. Established in 1915, the county is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades to the west. It is home to a diverse population of more than 6 million people. The local culture reflects African-American, Caribbean and Spanish influences. Fort Lauderdale is the county seat. It features a growing economy, marvelous weather and a wide assortment of leisure activities. The area has a reputation for being one of the best places to live in America.
A Vibrant Local Economy
Broward County features a diversified economy growing on par with national averages. Major employers are in the financial, engineering and transportation industries. Other top employers include government, education and health care. The county’s unemployment rate is equivalent to the national average. The county’s median household annual income from 2011 to 2015 was just under $52,000. While the cost of living is above average, wages go even further in the county because Florida does not have a state income tax. This makes it easier to purchase groceries and afford expenses like utilities, medical costs and transportation. The county features an educated workforce with more high school and college graduates than the state and national averages. Over 30 percent have a bachelor’s or advanced degree. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport serves as a gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America as well as the rest of the United States. As the economy continues to grow, Broward County will draw increasing numbers of young professionals and families from around the world.
Leisure Activities Abound
The county boasts 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and an annual average temperature of 75 degrees. With 23 miles of warm, sandy beaches, Broward County is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. It is a haven for scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. You can fish from the pier at Deerfield Beach or relax in the surfside restaurants and entertainment venues of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk is a Roaring Twenties-style oceanfront promenade. Residents enjoy almost 50 parks and nature areas covering nearly 6,500 acres. Broward is also the setting for Flamingo Gardens and Butterfly World, two botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. A Greenway Trail System, a network of connected pathways will link various points of interest and recreational venues within the county. Several entrances to Everglades National Parks are located within the county.
Broward is home to several notable attractions, including the Museum of Discovery and Science and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The International Game Fish Association also operates a museum and hall of fame. Built in 1901, the Stranahan House is the oldest extant structure in the county. It is operated as a house museum. Riverwalk is a dining and entertainment district in Ft. Lauderdale. Area residents attend live performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-venue theater and entertainment complex. The BB&T Center is the home venue for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Sawgrass Mills, a large outlet mall, is a major shopping destination. The county also boasts a number of boutiques and flea markets like the Festival Flea Market Mall, the largest indoor shopping venue of its kind in the nation. The county attracts millions of tourists each year. Many of the visitors choose to relocate making Florida their home.
Numerous Housing Options
Broward County is dotted by cities, towns and unincorporated areas that feature a wide range of housing options. These include historic bungalows in established neighborhoods and modern high-rise apartment buildings overlooking the beach. There is a choice of studio and multi-bedroom units featuring amenities like pools and fitness centers. Many are pet friendly. Residents can also choose to rent a house. Although homeowners comprise slightly more than 70 percent of the population, renters make up the remaining approximately 30 percent. A property manager can assist a homeowner in locating a suitable tenant and overseeing business operations like collecting the rent and ensuring that repairs are performed in a timely manner. The majority of homes were built between 1970 and 1990. The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,250 with median home prices slightly below $300,000. Approximately 80 percent of residents drive their own cars to work with an average commuting time of close to 30 minutes.
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The lovely community of Colee Hammock, Florida adjoins downtown Fort Lauderdale. It occupies slightly over one square quarter of a mile on the east-central portion of the City. This low-lying area adjoins some residential suburbs with extensive waterway and canal systems. This upscale enclave borders the Hendricks and Venice Isles, Las Olas and Beverly Heights developments. Residents enjoy easy access to the Atlantic Coast via Road 842 (also known as East Los Olas Boulevard), which bisects Colee Hammock. This location also supplies proximity to State Highway 1, a popular north-south corridor through coastal Fort Lauderdale and other towns along Florida’s Atlantic shoreline.
With a well-established infrastructure in this area, and numerous recreational amenities, this growing community has attracted a population of slightly over 3,000 permanent residents. It enjoys roughly twice the population density of some other suburbs of Fort Lauderdale. Men outnumber women in this affluent, very well educated suburb. Median household income here stood at $96,128 in 2015. The neighborhood, while predominantly White, included a mixture of races and ethnicities, including a sizeable Hispanic population. Well over a quarter of the adults residing here have earned college degrees, with a smaller number also possessing graduate or professional degrees. Children from this part of Fort Lauderdale attend four public schools: two elementary schools (Virginia Shuman Young or Walker Magnet School), Sunrise Middle School and Fort Lauderdale High School.
Adults enjoy access to many academic and vocational training institutions within the Greater Fort Lauderdale Metro Area. Almost one in five inhabitants works in some type of management position. The financial and professional sectors also employ a significant number of people from this upscale neighborhood. Perhaps due to its proximity to downtown Fort Lauderdale, the community reported a much higher than average crime rate in 2014.
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This residential enclave has existed for a longer period of time than many other Fort Lauderdale suburbs. In 1916, Mary Brickell purchased real estate in this location for residential development. Investors became interested in constructing homes in this part of Florida during a period of intense real estate speculation in the 1920s. Builders have constructed, rebuilt and renovated homes here during the nearly 100 year period between 1924 and 2017. The community includes a sampling of different Florida architectural styles, including some homes built in a Mediterranean revival style. Other older dwellings display Craftsman and mission designs widely popular in the state during former decades. In 2011, some residents of this enclave considered seeking an historic designation for the neighborhood in order to preserve historic older homes. Today, only slightly over 45% of housing units in this well-established area carry a mortgage; many homeowners apparently own their properties without financing.
According to the zillow.com website, the Colee Hammock neighborhood contained 16 residential properties for sale in late July, 2017. Buyers can find properties in a wide variety of designs and architectural styles. This densely populated enclave includes both standalone single family dwellings and some apartments, townhouses and condos. Lot sizes range from less than an eighth of an acre to half an acre and home values cover a broad price spectrum. Despite the density of the population, standalone houses remain the most popular type of residence. In general, large homes command higher prices than smaller housing units. Well-maintained properties with many amenities attract higher prices than comparable dwellings requiring extensive repairs or modernization. Although many older homes still exist in this location, a significant building spurt occurred between 2000 and 2009; new construction dropped precipitously after the 2008 recession.
The neighborhoods.com website reports the average home value in this location currently stands at $753,450. Sales during the past year reflect considerable variation, with sales transactions ranging from a low selling price of just under $170,000 to a high of $2,000,000. Some homes on the market here at the present time list asking prices in the multi-million dollar range. Recent listing prices have averaged around three months for the majority of homes on the market. In 2015, the median rent here stood at $1,468. Rental properties in this community include both attached and unattached dwellings. Rental asking prices range from $1,375 per month for a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment to well over $4,000 for a standalone house with a swimming pool. Both the condition and size of the premises and the availability of nearby rental units likely contribute to rental price differences.
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Nestled in northeast Fort Lauderdale and offering premium water-front accommodations, Coral Ridge affords the finer living west of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll find much dock space in sprawling houses, while still having several smaller, dry-lot subdivisions to round out the diversity of the area.
Like many Florida cities, it has heavenly weather throughout the year. Summers will hover beyond 80 degrees and winters are generally mild with average temperatures in the mid-70s in January. Florida living is good and it’s even better here.
Who Lives Here
The quaint but upscale community sports a population of 32,738, which offers a “small-town” feel amid the larger Fort Lauderdale area. You’ll find many high-end homes here, as its residents have an average income of $116,446 and have seen a 39-percent increase in earnings since 2000. Residents also like to enjoy the fruits of their labor with household spending above the national average.
Residents are highly educated with most having college experience. The area is ripe for growth with only a third of families having children, many of its residents unmarried and a median age of just under 47. More than 60 percent of residents are white-collar workers.
The immediate and overall area offers a wide range of educational opportunities for children and teens. Cardinal Gibbons High School resides here along with many private institutions, including the northern Westminster Academy, known for its stellar baseball program. You’ll also find several nearby vocational schools, including Empire Medical Training and the Delmar Multicultural Arts Academy.
The rise in newer, high-quality homes has delivered a median household value of $654,800, up 6.3 percent over the past year. It’s said to be a buyer’s market right now in this Florida city with your next home potentially residing along the tree-lined Bayview Drive. The current forecast is for small growth in 2017.
The median current listing price is $732,469 in this Broward-County community, as of 2016. More than 90 homes are currently listed for sale on Zillow.com with prices for the family looking to make a statement, both modestly and extravagantly. Current rental properties range from $2,500 to $7,500 a month.
Houses here aren’t short on amenities. It’s a smorgasbord of classic and contemporary pieces. There are large lots, extensive pool areas and outdoor living spaces, high-end security features and interior designs for all tastes, among other great amenities.
What To Do
Entertainment and social engagement begin with the famed Coral Ridge Yacht Club. Established in 1947, the Yacht Club offers an addition to the already upscale lifestyle. There’s no shortage of water in Florida and the Yacht Club takes advantage of the scenic views and love for life on the Atlantic Ocean.
You can expect fine dining at the Yacht Club. Tennis, swimming and boating are on the docket as well as an array of family activities and social gatherings. The Yacht Club also has a membership agreement with the Coral Ridge Country Club, which offers two 18-hole, championship courses bound to test any skill level.
The timeless Coral Ridge Mall stands near the Country Club. The mall features brand-name stores, eateries, a popular supermarket and a movie theater.
Just South of the area gives a posher shopping experience at the two-story Galleria of Fort Lauderdale. Broward County’s second-largest shopping center, the Galleria has more than 100 stores and restaurants. Open since 1980, the mall has steadily improved its look with valet parking and anchor stores, including Dillard’s and Macy’s.
Availability of shopping, entertainment and more on land is a bonus to the staple of touring on the water. What’s been called the “Venice of America,” the waterway area has many water taxis to tool around while enjoying nightlife and time with friends and family. Traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway also brings you closer to other nearby and great areas, including Hollywood Beach with its boardwalk and stellar dockside restaurants.
Tours are popular along historical Las Olas Boulevard, located south of the area. What began as a dirt road has blossomed into a social center and a buffet of celebrity sightings, nightlife and vibrant living packed into a one-mile stretch.
This is in addition to an old-time feel on a riverboat. Offering all-you-can eat barbeque, the Jungle Queen Riverboat has entertainment, music and unparalleled views up on the deck.
You can also spend your time close to the water at one of the many outstanding Fort Lauderdale beaches. It’s is a short jaunt from strips of beachfront with eateries, hotels, nightclubs and more.
There are many parks for those looking to enjoy the area in a quieter manner. It’s also near the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Bordering the eastern side of the area, the national park delivers hiking, fishing, diverse wildlife and a fresh-water lagoon for those seeking a less hectic time than can be found on the beaches.
Known and revered for its award-winning “Blue Wave Beaches,” Dania Beach, Florida, boasts close proximity to Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, considering it sits in the middle of both of them. The city can also brag about being home to the famous Dania Jai Alai, which sits in the center of Dania Beach’s dining and entertainment district. For shopaholics, the city showcases some of the perfect shops along the Federal Highway where you can pick up interesting antiques. You find these shops both north and south of the Dania Beach Boulevard.
History of the City
In the beginning, the city started out as a neighborhood of Hollywood known as Modello. However, when 1904 rolled around, the area became known as the neighborhood Dania. At this time, most of the residents in the region were farmers with Danish ancestry. January 4, 1926, the city voted to annex themselves from Hollywood. However, it wasn’t until the September of 1926 when a hurricane from Miami came and obliterated most of the fortunes of Hollywood. At this time, the city seceded from Hollywood, and they were reincorporated as a city of their own. In November of 1998, Dania changed their name again and became known as Dania Beach. Nevertheless, you still hear the locals call it Dania.
Changing Nicknames as It Grows
You might never believe it, but before the city was an urban center, the locals gave it the nickname, “Tomato Capital of the World.” However, as this city became more urban, it soon adopted the nickname, “Antique Capital of the South.” They called it this because of the massive number of antique shops you can find in the downtown area. It’s an antique collector’s paradise. The stretch located near the Federal Highway has lovingly become known as, “Antique Row.”
Where the City Sits in Relation to Everything Else
The city has boundaries near Fort Lauderdale in the north, and in the south, it has Hollywood. If you drive to the west, you will be headed towards Davie and the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation. For frequent travelers, you will live near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport so that you can go on business trips as needed.
Like to Fish?
For those who like fishing, the city has a saying that says, “Home to Fishing Records and Legends!” The city even has a fishing pier where you can go and cast some line. Everyone from the expert angler to the excited family of fishers has come here to crank in the big legend. Some of the fish you can potentially catch here includes:
• Blue Gill
• American Eel
• Blue Catfish
• Brown Bullhead
• Chain Pickerel
• Black Crappie
• American Shad
The International Game Fish Association, an organization that records world-record fish, headquarters itself here on the East Coast of Florida. If you have interest in the sport of fishing, you can visit the International Game Fish Association, where you can get lost in the exhibits for hours as you wander the halls lined up with world-record fish photographs and bizarre and world-class fishing equipment. Some of the legends of the sport include famous writers Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. You also soon learn why Florida became the fishing capital of the world with their 4,952 records on the book. That’s more than all the other states and countries.
Learning About the Population
In total, the city has a population of 29,639 inhabitants. As of 2010, around 20.0 percent of the population were under the age of 18. Meanwhile, 6.9 percent were aged from 18 to 24 and 31.9 percent were 25 to 44. As of 2015, the median income for the population was $41,566. Meanwhile, an estimated 33 percent were college educated. When it comes to schools here, you have three public elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. In the neighboring Hollywood, you also have South Broward High School, which has become a popular choice among residents.
What to Do in This City?
Beaches have become a popular way to spend the day here. For example, you have Dania Beach Ocean Park, is a clean beach with fishing on the pier. When you swim in this area, you have safety because lifeguards scan the waters for people in danger. It’s a great place to bring a picnic tablecloth and have a picnic on the beach with friends. After relaxing at the beach, you will be within walking distance of a handful of tasty restaurants. If you’re looking for some culture, visit the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts. Here you will find a private collection of porcelain china and glass antiques. It’s free of admission, and they only ask for donations from those who enjoyed it.
If you’re interested in a market analysis for your rental property in Florida, we recommend calling. We will work with you and analyze your property. Dania Beach is a breathtaking place to live with crystalline beaches, wonderful wildlife, and it offers you a little escape from the stresses and burdens of city living. Still, you live close enough to Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood that you always have plenty of events and gatherings to participate in. In the last year, home values have shot up 12.9 percent, and it’s expected they will rise another 1.1 percent.
The city owes much of its growth throughout the 20th century to agriculture, fishing, and the development of the Florida East Coast Railway. More recently, the city has focused on growing its tourism industry, as evidenced by the the addition of “Beach” to the name of the town, formerly called just “Deerfield”, in 1939. However, tourism does not actually contribute the largest portion to the local community. Thriving relationships with Latin countries have lead to economical success in import/export, and cargo transport and warehousing have flourished as a result. A sizable banking industry has also emerged to support these financial relationships.
Deerfield Beach is a mid-sized city with a population just shy of 80,000 as of 2016 estimates, making it the 34th largest community in the state. It is a culturally diverse town. 26 percent of residents are Black or African-American, and 14 percent are Hispanic or Latino. Deerfield specifically boasts the highest populations in the United States of people of Brazilian and Haitian descent, at 11 and 12 percent, respectively. About 39 percent of households have at least one language other than English spoken at home, and 30 percent of residents were born in a country other than the United States.
Education and Careers
24 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s or other advanced degree, slightly higher than the national average. The city has a mix of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs, with especially high portions of residents working sales jobs and office and administrative support at 13 percent each and about 8.9 percent working in food service.
The city’s beach is a popular destination for weddings, tourists of all kinds, and of course residents. It features public surfing areas, volleyball courts, and additional recreational areas for fishing, snorkeling, and more. The Clean Beach Council gave it a “Blue Wave” beach certification for its excellence in water quality, beach conditions, and safety services. The city also works closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to protect endangered sea turtles and other species found on the beach. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department sponsors events year-round, including weekly beach dances.
The Deerfield Beach Historical Society has put four sites in the city on the National Register of Historic Places. These are the Old School House, the Butler House, Deerfield Beach Elementary School, and the Deerfield Train Station. All were built in the 1920s. The Old School House and the Butler House are now used as museums showcasing the rich history of the town. The Butler House is a restored Mediterranean Revival-style home first owned by James D. and Alice Butler, a couple who were deeply involved in all aspects of public life. Mr. Butler served on the first school board and many subsequent county boards, and Mrs. Butler helped establish the local Woman’s Club as well as the First Baptist Church of Deerfield. The museum at their former home hosts tours every Saturday and special events the last Sunday of every month. In honor of the town’s history with the Florida East Coast Railway, the historical society is also renovating a 1951 “Little Red Caboose” to be displayed near the Old School House and City Hall.
According to the 2010 US Census, 62.5 percent of occupied residencies are owner-occupied. A full 21.8 percent of households are vacant, about triple the national average. The vacancy rate is highest in the most expensive beachside neighborhoods, as well as in a few neighborhoods affected by seasonal occupancy of college students and vacation home owners. Most housing options in this city are established, but not old, being built from 1970 to 2000.
Property Management in Deerfield Beach
The US Census Bureau reports that the median household income from 2011-2015 was $40,626, with an average of 2.41 persons per household. As of July 2017, the median home value is $141,300. The median monthly rent as of June 2017 for all rental properties is $1,505. One bedroom apartments have an average rent of $1,295 a month, and two bedroom apartment’s rents are about $1,537 on average. Home appreciation is up about 7.1 percent in the last 12 months.
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Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911 and became the county seat of Broward County in 1915. Because of the 1960 movie Where the Boys Are, it became associated with the college spring break beach scene. However, it is now no longer the spring break destination it once was. It is more a tourist destination, a yachting center with 50,000 registered yachts, and a port for many cruise ships. Called the “Venice of America” because of its 300 miles of inland canals, it has 23 miles of beaches and is on the western corner of the Bermuda Triangle. Known for an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, there was actually some snowfall in the city in 1977.
Fort Lauderdale was named after three forts built in the area during the second Seminole War that lasted from 1835 to 1842. The forts themselves were named after William Lauderdale, the commander of the first fort. The Seminole Wars were between the United States and several Native American tribes that the United States lumped together and called Seminoles. The issue was the expansion of white settlers into Florida, and the attempt to restrict the Indians to the reservation and then move them west. The city was established 50 years after the forts were abandoned.
The original inhabitants of the Fort Lauderdale area were the Tequesta Indians who lived there for two thousand years. Between conflict with the Calusa and the smallpox brought by the Spanish explorers, the Tequesta were virtually wiped out by 1763, when they moved to Cuba after Spain ceded Florida to Britain. After that the area was under the control of the United States, then the Confederate States of America, and finally back to the United States. However, real development did not start until 1896 after the completion of the Florida East Coast Railroad.
Population and Real Estate Facts and Figures
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city has a population of 165,521 living in 73,446 households. Among the population, 85.9 percent have a high school degree or higher, and 34.9 percent have a Bachelors degree or higher. The median household income in the city is $50,778 and the per capita income is $36,777.
The city has 93,159 housing units and 52.3 percent were owner-occupied in April 2010. From 2011 to 2015, the median value was $255,600 for owner-occupied housing. The median monthly cost of that housing with a mortgage was $1,876 in the same time period. The median monthly cost of that housing without a mortgage was $737 in the same time period. The median gross rent was $1,087 a month in that time period.
Places to See and Things to Do in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is a resort town with 23 miles of beaches and opportunities to go scuba diving in a coral reef, take a gondola on the canals, go sailing on a yacht, or take a cruise. There is shopping and fine dining. You can also take a drive along the coast on SR A1A.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, located at 907 Hillsboro Mile in Hillsboro Beach, is an iron frame tower lighthouse built in 1907. It is 147 feet tall and has a range of 28 nautical miles.
Butterfly World, located at 3600 West Sample Road in Coconut Creek, is a botanical garden with a variety of plants selected to support a large population of butterflies and birds. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
Esplanade Park, located at 400 SW 2nd Street, is part of the Riverwalk Park route. It offers waterfront gardens, a pavilion, and outdoor events. It is open 24 hours a day. The full Riverwalk Park route runs along the New River through downtown. It also offers many outdoor events.
Flamingo Garden, located at 3750 South Flamingo Road in Davie, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Florida. It is a one-and-a-half-acre park with wetlands, a citrus grove, river otter and bobcat habitats, a crocodile lagoon, and a free-flight aviary area. During the summer, it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. During the winter it is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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Hollywood, Florida is located in southeastern Broward County, situated between the major Floridian cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. World renowned for its temperate climate, beaches and wide range of activities, this community has grown in population to become the 12th largest city in the Sunshine State.
As per 2015, the city is home to a population of 149,728. These include both year-round and seasonal residents known affectionately as “Snow Birds.” Official figures do not include visitors from around the world who flock to its beaches for short vacations each year.
The city was initially founded by Joseph W. Young in 1925, as an east coast rival to the film-making capital of Los Angeles. The fledgling vacation community was ravaged by hurricanes in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Financial losses suffered by its founder during the Great Depression, also dampened its immediate growth and future.
Hollywood’s weather is a prime draw for visitors. The average temperature falls between 68 degrees and 83 degrees (Fahrenheit) due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. This blesses the beachfront community with sea breezes and rather dry winters. These breezes provide relief from typically hot and humid Floridian summers.
Hollywood, Florida represents an area of 30.8 square miles in total. Of this acreage, 27.34 square miles are dry land and the remaining 3.46 miles are lakes. It also includes almost six miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, only briefly interrupted by a small portion belonging to the neighboring city of Dania Beach.
The largest adjacent city is Fort Lauderdale. Communities of Cooper City and Davie are located to its northwest border. Pembroke Pines is situated on its western edges, with Miramar along its southwestern border. Hallandale Beach, West Park and Pembroke Park are located just to the south.
The median income for per family in Hollywood, Florida was estimated to be $40,714 in 2000. Likewise, the income per family ratio was approximately $55,849. In this respect, adult males out-earned their female counterparts by an average of $11,865 per year.
The city “per capita income” was estimated to be $22,097. 13.2% of the total population, including 9.9% of families fell below the poverty line. Of these households, 18.1% contained children under the age of 18 and 11.8% were made up of senior residents over the age of 65.
There are 32 two public schools which are operated by the Broward County school system. These schools provide instruction for every grade from kindergarten through high school graduation. For those residents who wish to send their children to private schools, there are 24 private schools. Among these educational facilities are licensed charter schools, parochial schools representing a range of faiths and privately run military academies.
The local region encompasses a full selection of real estate opportunities as reported by the website Zillow.com. These include private homes, condominiums and co-op apartments. Many of these properties come with waterfront property, either along the ocean or interior lakes.
Prices vary greatly with condominium apartments starting at $100,000. Homes then grow in value, all the way up to nine bedroom mansions on waterfront property listed at over $23,000,000. There are also a large number of communities designed exclusively for retirees and homeowners ages 55 and over.
Rental units vary greatly in price, depending upon their size and location to the beach. One might find a simple studio apartment at just under $700 per month, or pay $1500 for a basic two bedroom home with two bathrooms. It should be noted, that many rental buildings with have swimming pools available for their tenants.
Guests from all over North America and the world visit Hollywood, Florida to enjoy its attractions. These include 60 parks of varying sizes, children’s playgrounds, beaches and seven extensive golf courses. The beach has a boardwalk that extends for two and a half miles along the Atlantic Ocean. It is referred to by local residents as the “Broadwalk.”
The Broadwalk contains oceanfront hotels, restaurants and cafes. There is additionally a theater, a weekly farmer’s market, souvenir emporiums, bike rental stations and ice cream parlors. The Broadwalk has become a haven for relaxing activities like walking, jogging and hiking. People on bikes and roller blades conveniently have their own lanes for travel.
When planning to spend time at the Broadwalk, guests will find parking in self-park garages and along adjoining side streets. Publicly run trolley cars visit the area several times a day for a small fee per trip. This allows local visitors a chance to leave their cars at home or while staying at hotels elsewhere in the area.
The proximity to the ocean is something that brings many patrons to dine in this surf-side city. They enjoy the wide range of international cuisines that are offered, along with the chance to dine alfresco and take in the beautiful scenery. The outdoor bandstand just off Johnson Street gives music and dance acts a place to perform during the evening hours.
A new addition to Hollywood’s restaurant lineup is the growth of the food truck industry. Young Circle is home to a “Food Truck Takeover” every Monday night. Hungry guests have a choice of dozens of food trucks offering almost every genre of food imaginable. Within a short walking distance, hungry visitors are able to purchase specialties from Cuba, Mexico, Central America, South America, Jamaica and the West Indies.
According to statistics, the area has been ranked among the locations with a high population density across the western part of Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The residence forms a home for people who are in search of peace, as well as a suburban feeling in the Northern part of Florida.The neighborhoods add on to the elegance of this area; it stands out as one of the limited areas in Florida where you can find attractive sidewalks, which make an ideal scenery. Additionally, its view makes it best for people with large family, or adult couples who have no children, seasonal owners as well as first time home buyers. The area fits this group of persons due to its surrounding amenities; the beach, which is only less than 10 minutes away, the hospital, schools, restaurants among other features as highlighted below.
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The area emerges as one of the modest areas when it comes to real estate homes. More often than not, the neighbourhood of the area is one of the key factors that drive people to this locale. Every first-time home buyer reflects on the look of an area, its setting, as well as its homes before making the decision to buy any home.
In most cases, you will find that some places appear to be identical, but until you reside for some time, it’s difficult to tell their distinguishing features. In the case of Imperial Point, the availability of a mixture of cultural as well as occupational groups makes it excellent for any type of home buyers, whether young couples or people with large families.
Imperial Point is one of the few areas in the state where you will find lots of prominent and unique attributes that make it a superb neighbourhood.
1. Friendly people: The area is crawling with affectionate people; this is because a large percentage of people in this area are either in relationships or are married. If such a neighbourhood is what you are looking for, then this residence ought to be the number one spot on your list.
2. Diversity: statistics show that the majority of people in Florida have a Swiss and Canadian origin. This is particularly true for this region which comprises of 2.3% people with Swiss ancestry and 1.9% with Canadian ancestry, relatively more than any other place in America. Moreover, the area is diverse in terms of language. The majority of the residents, especially those who have spent more than 5 years in the area, are German speakers. Despite the fact that this figure appears to be quite a small, reports show that it is quite high in comparison to 98.9% of other American neighbourhoods.
3. Good transport network: Perhaps your most pressing question is how you will get to work. There are several means that you can use to get to your workplace. The area is linked to a system of road and rail network; making is suitable for you to use either a train, bus, or even a car to your place of work. Often, the largest group of commuters in the area use less than 15 minutes to get to their workplace.
Overview of Real Estate Prices
The median price for real estate property in this area is about $457,676. In comparison to other places, the price of the property is rather high. By comparison, this is 89.8% higher than other locations in Florida and 84.8% higher than other American locations. This is attributable to the fact that the area features an urban neighbourhood and has a dense population.
In case you are looking for a rental property, the rent price averages at around $1,154 in along this belt. Unlike buying property, renting is somewhat economical, it stands at 68.4% lower than other localities in the state.
The types of real estate properties which are common in Imperial Port are small to medium houses. These often include studios to two bedrooms, for the small homes, and three to four bedrooms for the medium sized homes.
Additionally, the homes are either apartment complexes or single-family homes, with the high percentage of the residential real estate being privately-owned.
On the other hand, the area comprises of neighbourhoods with very old residences, though well-established. You will notice that there quite a number of vacant apartments, with the vacancy rate going up to 17.7%.
Notably, Imperial Point has all that an urban area idea for a home should have. Are you looking an environment that ranges between suburban and urban; an area where you can take the least time to get home? An area with a diversity of language and people? Then this residence is the place for you.
Beautiful Lago Mar, Florida lies on the far southwestern edge of Plantation, Florida just to the southwest of Fort Lauderdale. The development in Broward County surrounds the lush greens of the Lago Mar Country Club and Resort, a popular vacation destination. Today this community maintains a population of approximately 27,890. It boasts a median age of just slightly over 36 years. Women form a slight majority of residents here, comprising 51% of the total population. This part of Florida enjoys a comfortable climate, with temperatures averaging a mild low in January of slightly over 55 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures in July average 91.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This coastal area receives an average of just over 61 inches of rain annually, ensuring nearby waterways and canals tend to remain full throughout the year. Residents enjoy ready access to a well-developed surrounding infrastructure. Flamingo Road and NW124th Ave run in a north-south direction just to the east of the development, and a major east-west corridor, Interstate 595, sits a short distance to the south. The low-lying terrain offers easy access to waterways and nearby marinas.
Most adults in this affluent, well-educated South Florida enclave have attended at least some college. Slightly over a quarter of the population holds a college degree. Over 60% work in well-paid white collar occupations. The median household income in this location stands at $77,683 annually. The cost of living index here for most items, such as entertainment, transportation, utilities, and clothing, tends to exceed the national average between 10% and 29%. Residents within the 45 to 65 age demographic typically earn more than people in other age groups in this location. With a total of 9,732 households, this neighborhood offers a reduced risk for most types of violent crimes, although it does maintain a slightly elevated residential real estate property crime risk. Dwellings within the Resort enjoy gated 24-hour security. They also access a stylish private clubhouse, as well as available recreational amenities such as a community swimming pool and tennis courts. Children can attend highly rated public Florida schools: Sawgrass Elementary School, Bair Middle School and Plantation High School.
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This location remained undeveloped for many years. A businessman from Virginia purchased land which eventually became the Lago Mar Country Club in 1959. He established a hotel, then subsequently expanded and modified it to create a resort. Builders constructed and renovated residential properties here between 1975 and 2017. Attached townhomes and multistory condos predominate in this area, although many inhabitants in this part of southwestern Plantation also reside in standalone houses and some live in trailers. Individual houses and lot sizes vary considerably in their dimensions. This location includes both compact dwellings of 723 square feet, as well as rambling 7-bedroom homes of 5,069 square feet, for instance. In general, residential property situated within the Country Club and Resort development itself tends to command considerably higher prices than homes located in surrounding areas of southwestern Plantation. Most residential properties in this part of Plantation (but not all) require the payment of homeowners association dues. These sums range in amount from a few hundred dollars to over $600 monthly. Annual taxes also vary widely, based upon property improvements and valuations.
In late July, 2017, the Zillow.com website reported a small number of condo residences for sale within the Resort in the $300,000 to mid-$500,000 price range, as well as a slightly larger number of residential properties for sale in adjoining sections of Southwestern Plantation. The typical rental asking price for a one-bedroom two-bath unit located within the gated resort complex stood at around $1700 per month. Rental asking prices in the area covered a broad price spectrum, however. Rental listing prices varied based upon the size of the property, with standalone dwellings in southwestern Plantation commanding higher asking rental prices than most condos or townhome units. The neighborhoods.com website reports during the previous year, a total of 127 completed residential property sales transactions occurred in this locale. Although the average price hovered in the low $200,000 range, sales prices ran a wide gamut from a low of just under $100,000 to a high in the $700,000 range. Most home sales listings disappeared from the market within three months.
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Las Olas Isles is a small area in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that was originally constructed back in 1917, but revamped in the 1980’s as a buzzing location. This reconstruction skyrocketed property values and brought many celebrities to the area. When the area went through its renaissance, it was required that new buyers to the location tear down the existing buildings and start from scratch. As a result, there are hardly any historic homes in the area, but all of the properties are newer and have a higher value. One of the major reasons it is an attractive place to visit as well as live are the waterways. You can travel to most places in the city via the waterways if desired as well as getting to a lot of homes that way. It makes the area unique because almost every home in the city is on the water.
The year-round population in Las Olas is only slightly over 800. This makes the area very attractive because it is so sparsely populated. The demographics are fairly skewed in one direction. There are significantly more males in the area than females and the median age is over 50. This tends to be a more sophisticated and older crowd rather than a hotspot for young singles. The income is very high compared to the rest of the areas in the state of Florida. The median income is over 93,000 dollars and the city has a very low unemployment rate of only 3%. Crime is also very low in the area which makes it a safe place to live.
The housing market in Las Olas, Florida is almost unmatched. The homes in this part of Fort Lauderdale are nothing short of spectacular. They range all the way up to thirty million dollar homes, but it is rare to find any homes that aren’t on the million dollar spectrum. Most are newer in construction, but even the slightly older homes have been kept up with beautifully and remodeled to keep with the current style. It has become a nestling ground for the rich and famous, which goes to show how valuable and hip the housing market really is here.
There is an opportunity for those who desire all the popular aspects of living in the Isles without the multi-million dollar price tag. There has been a recent influx of condos and apartments for sale in the area that are significantly more affordable than the luxury homes in the area. They start as low as the 100,000 dollar range. However, this is only for a small one bedroom and one bath condo. Buyers should not expect the size and luxury of the mansions that are more often associated with this location in the less expensive real estate. However, it can be a good option for those on a lower budget. Rentals should also be considered. There are definitely luxury home rentals that are anywhere from six to twenty thousand dollars per month, but there are also condo rentals that are in the more respectable range of one thousand per month.
The Isles of Florida have a lot to offer both visitors and locals. It is unique as can be while you are traveling to dining and shops as well as home via the extensive waterways. The homes are unparalleled with their size and are very elaborate. There is something in the housing market here to suit every desire while being close to entertainment and nightlife. Reach out and see the life you could have living in the beautiful Las Olas Isles.
Lauderdale By The Sea
Lauderdale By The Sea is a beautiful small town located in southern Florida on a narrow barrier island. The town is known for its vibrant tourism industry and the visitors who pack into its many hotels all year long. “Snow birds” fill rental properties and hotels to capacity during the winter. The seaside village of 6,000 residents is known to many as the Beach Diving Capital of the state. While the town’s permanent population is relatively small, it can more than double when tourists flock here to stay warm through the winter months. A coral reef lies just 100 yards offshore from the town that attracts many scuba divers throughout the year and keeps the diving outfitter businesses teeming with tourists and locals alike. Beautiful reefs can also be found within a 10-minute swim further out and the shallow water makes them more accessible than most other coastal reefs. The entire town is separated from Florida’s mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Part of Broward County, with a population of nearly 2,000,000, it is the second-most populous county in Florida and the 17th-most populous in the United States. This statistic lends itself to the fact that many people find Lauderdale By The Sea to be a relaxing getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of its busy southern neighbor in Miami, yet it’s located close enough for residents to take advantage of the ample cultural opportunities afforded throughout the metropolitan area.
You don’t have to leave the town to find plenty of interesting things to do however. The town is also known regionally for BugFest-By-The-Sea, its annual event celebrating Florida’s Lobster Mini-Season. There are dozens of restaurants in this small town, catering to even the hungriest person’s seafood appetite, and there are plenty of arts, culture and entertainment options available year-round as well.
Geography And Attractions
The southern part of the town is sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and the Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Florida. Just to the north, the neighboring city of Pompano Beach offers even more recreational and cultural opportunities. The town honors its history with its popular attraction, Anglin’s Fishing Pier, which is named after the town’s first mayor. Another popular attraction is the SS Copenhagen, a 19th-century British steamship that struck a coral reef in May 1900.
There are several public plazas in town that are adorned with unique oceanic-themed chairs and benches. The nearby coral reef informs much of the artwork throughout the town, and residents feel closely tied to the ocean. You will find that you are welcomed by an 18-foot tall coral reef sculpture when you enter the town on one of the main streets. This special location is known to many as a diver’s paradise and nearly everyone who visits insist on returning again soon.
Demographics and Economy
Over 44% of the population has a Bachelor’s degree or higher, which is well above the national average. The Miami area has always been the commercial and cultural capital of southern Florida and the nearby Caribbean, and it has also emerged in recent years as a international attraction and a conduit between the United States and all of Latin America. The economic benefits apply to the whole region. The area serves as a critical infrastructure hub for the Western Hemisphere. PortMiami is the largest passenger port in the world and one of the largest cargo ports in the entire United States. The result of its unique location and history, the area offers diverse Latin cultural opportunities and economic stability dating back to the early 20th century. While tourism accounts for much of the economy, the import/export and financial trade with Latin countries lend to the robust economy as well. The area offers anything and everything for its residents: from the beautiful beaches to diverse dining options, comfort in retirement, and affordable cruises and flights throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
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The average commute for residents in town is just under 30 minutes, and the unemployment rate lies around the national average. The latest US Census bureau reports the median household income in this Florida town in the years between 2011-2015 was $63,052. The median home value is $417,200, and median gross rent is $1,140. The people in town are friendly and welcoming. Lauderdale By The Sea offers a stable investment opportunity with plenty of economic and cultural opportunities for renters and visiting property owners alike.
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Lighthouse Point has a very pleasant climate with an average of 249 sunny days per year. July is the hottest month with a high temperature of around 90 degrees, while January is the coolest month with a low of 59 degrees. The city gets somewhat more rain than most of the US; it gets 59 inches of rain per year, while the national average is 39 inches.
The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was built in 1906, because the Army Corps of Engineers deemed the inlet to be a navigation hazard.
The lighthouse continues to operate, but the Coast Guard turned over the responsibility for maintaining the lighthouse to the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society in 2013. A museum dedicated to the lighthouse opened in 2012.
Cap’s Place, founded in 1928, is the oldest operating restaurant in Broward County. Then called Club Unique, it was established by Captain Theodore Knight, who was a rum runner during the Prohibition. His restaurant, which was also a casino during the 1930s and 40s, became known for its fresh seafood which it still serves today. In 1990, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.
Things to Do
Body and Soul of Lighthouse Point is a luxurious day spa located at 2024 East Sample Road, and it has been in business for over 12 years. It offers a variety of services including facials, massages, and manicures. Its clients include men and children as well as women.
Sport Yacht Charters is a new charter boat company that takes people on tours of the coast of South Florida. Travelers may see such things as sandbars, luxury homes, and local landmarks. The “Victoria Lynn” will also take people to high-end restaurants or bars for special or corporate events.
Packy’s Sports Pub is a cross between a sports bar and an Irish pub. Local bands often perform there, and the pub has two pool tables. Packy’s often holds various competitions like pool, golf or darts tournaments.
As the city is located on the coast, it does have a beach. The local beach is two miles long. The city is also less than two miles away from Pompano Beach and its pier, and it is similarly close to Deerfield Beach.
Visitors and residents may also enjoy the local parks. The biggest is the 14-acre Exchange Club Park that is owned and run by the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND). It has recently re-opened after being closed for two years for landscaping and renovations.
The Frank McDonough Park is home to the Lake Placid Tennis Center and thus has nine clay tennis courts and a pro shop that also provides lessons. Visitors who don’t enjoy tennis may use the baseball field, soccer field, beach volleyball court or any of the four racquetball courts. The park also has picnic tables and a playground.
The Dan Witt Park also caters to athletes. It boasts two tennis courts, two baseball fields, two basketball courts, two soccer fields, a beach volleyball court, plus a refreshment stand, picnic tables and playground.
Founded fairly recently in 1963, it was considered an agricultural area defined by the Anderson Dairy farm and the Lena Lyons Stringbean Farm. Those grazing pastures grabbed the attention of the architect Morris Lapidus, who saw them as an empty canvas. Lapidus had already made a name for himself in the Sunshine State by creating a flamboyant architectural style known as the Neo-baroque “Miami Modern” style.After tackling resorts in Miami, including the Fontainebleau Hotel that was featured in the James Bond Movie Goldfinger, Lapidus focused on his attention to city planning and making North Lauderdale “The City of Tomorrow.”
He imbued the city’s center with curvy and whimsical touches that still survive today. Development in the late 1960s focused on single-family housing. Affordable, beachside living attracted families of wealth and those with moderate means alike and led to a building boom. Many of the city’s home stock is the result of that building boom which hit its peak in the 1970s and 1980s.
While the city still has a number of wealthy residents in the mix, the per capita income of residents is lower than the rest of the state and the country, with an annual median household income hovering around $41,932, according to the latest U.S. Census Report.
Zillow finds that the median home value in North Lauderdale is $172,300 with a square-foot cost of $128, while nearby communities have a square-foot price of $210 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro and $78 in Lauderdale Lakes. The average price for rent in the city is $1,500 also lower than Miami-Fort Lauderdale’s average of $1,995.
The U.S. Census also found that there is a large population of new Americans in the city, with more than 20,000 residents being foreign-born. Cultural influences include Haitian, Latin American, Jamaican and Irish. English is the most common language spoken in the city, but Spanish and French Creole can also be heard quite often.
According to the website Neighborhoodscout, there are many occupations represented in the city, too. It is a solid mix of both blue collar and white collar, with residents working in a variety of jobs in the service industry and manufacturing. Residents work in construction (18 percent), retail trade (17 percent), accommodation and food services (9 percent) and manufacturing (6 percent).
Most adult residents have a high school degree or higher (79 percent), while when it comes to those college degrees, the ranking is a little lower (14 percent) than the national average (21 percent), according to Neighborhoodscout. Higher education is pretty easy to seek out for residents, however, because it is near several colleges or universities with an enrollment of 2,000 students, including Broward College, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.
The city is also near Amtrak stations, including ones in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, and Hollywood all within 15 miles. The area’s public transit system is highly utilized, with many residents choosing to ride the bus for their daily commute. With so many people using public transit, North Lauderdale is less susceptible to pollution issues than other communities, according to the Air Quality Index. Actually, the city’s air quality is better on average than the United States as a whole.
North Lauderdale offers many recreational opportunities because of its proximity to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Top among the attractions is Fort Lauderdale Beach, which has been ranked among the top five of all of Florida beaches. Other nearby, quieter beaches include Dania Beach and Hillsboro Beaches. For nature lovers, a visit to Sawgrass Recreation Park offers the chance to see the Florida Everglades up close on an airboat tour and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers activities like hiking, kayaking and biking for those that like to explore. Los Olas Boulevard is a shoppers delight, with more than 65 shops and many diverse restaurants with many alfresco seating options. The Boulevard also boasts several art galleries and is right by the Stranahan House Museum, which is another local attraction.The Stranahan House Museum is the oldest residence in Fort Lauderdale and gives visitors the chance to experience life in Florida in the early 1900s.
The city has its own parks as well, including the Hampton Pines Park, which hosts Haunted Hamptons every year at Halloween. Another popular park is the Woodville Dog Park, which provides an off- leash venue for residents’ dogs to run around and play. In total, the city boasts 17 different parks scattered throughout the city.
This colorful, coastal urban hub was first home to the Tequesta Indians, and the city was named for the pompano species of fish. The Tequesta Tribe was later displaced by the Seminoles, and later on, by European colonists. After construction of the first railroad in the area in 1896, the community grew, becoming an incorporated city in 1908. Merging with the beach region just to the east in 1947, Pompano officially became a municipality. Today, the city’s main sustaining industries are year-round tourism, manufacturing, retail sales and hi-tech enterprise. Reinforced by its thriving neighboring cities, this appealing locale has gained recognition as a desirable seaside vacation destination.
Different Neighborhoods in the City
Pompano Beach offers different neighborhoods with living spaces of varied types and sizes. There are residential properties for sale and rent, with something available to suit the preferences and needs of all new and prospective residents. Different residential neighborhoods with available homes and apartment units in the city include the following:
• Country Club Isles / Harbor Village. – In this scenic neighborhood, the average sales price for a residence is $399,138. This home sales price is actually higher than prices in 84 percent of Florida’s residential neighborhoods and 79 percent of U.S. neighborhoods. The median home rental rate in this area is $1,254, a lower rent rate than rates currently being offered in 56.5 of neighborhoods across Florida. This area is mainly comprised of apartment complexes and single-family homes of many different sizes now on the market as either home sales or rentals. Many of these apartment buildings and individual houses were built from 1940 to 1969 or between 1970 and 1999. The vacancy rate today in this neighborhood for both houses and apartments is 29.7 percent.
• North Ocean Boulevard / North Riverside Drive. – This attractive coastal area offers a median price for home property sales of $434,212. An average house or apartment rental in this neighborhood equals $1,736. The higher pricing and rental fees in this area are due to its coastal and urban setting. This area also offers a mix of high-rise apartment buildings and single-family houses, and available apartments are of all sizes. Most of the buildings in this section of the city were also constructed between 1940 to 1969 or 1970 and 1999. Mainly due to the fact that much of the home real estate in this neighborhood is seasonally occupied, the current vacancy rate is 43.1 percent, which is actually higher than the rate reported in nearly 98 percent of all U.S. neighborhoods today.
Historic City Landmarks, Sites of Interest and Entertainment Events
This charming seaside city is a dream vacation and living locale for beach and watersport enthusiasts, habitual fishermen and avid golfers alike. This community offers an impressive stretch of pristine beaches and sparkling water of more than three miles as well as some of the U.S.’s most beautiful (and difficult) golf courses. This city is also the host of some celebrated yearly festivals and other events like the December Holiday Boat Parade and the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo. During the colorful boat parade, honors and prizes are awarded to participants in such categories as “Best Dressed Boats.” This event also includes a fun-filled cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway that features delicious food and drinks for all. As a recurring event each May, the week-long fishing rodeo hosts anglers from many different global locations who gather to participate in this unique fishing tournament.
The Pompano Beach Amphitheatre is a popular open-air theatre that offers many outdoor music productions. The well-known Goodyear Blimp Base located in the city is one of four bases for this celebrated blimp throughout the world. For visiting shoppers, the Festival Flea Market Mall offers upwards of 800 varied shops and booths with myriad types of popular merchandise brands. Within two miles of the city, visitors will find Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Light, which is an aging lighthouse still kept in good condition and known as the most brilliantly shining lighthouse in the nation’s southeast region. For those horse racing advocates, the famous Pompano Harness Track is currently active and thriving.
City Facts and Data of Interest to Home Property Seekers
The median population density in the city equals approximately 4,063 residents per square mile. This figure is significantly greater than Florida’s statewide average density of nearly 295 and much greater than the country-wide median density of nearly 83 residents per square mile area. The approximate percentages of different races among the city’s population include Caucasian (65 percent), African American (31.5 percent), Hispanic (18.5 percent) and Asian (1.6 percent). The city’s public schools rate higher in quality than public schools throughout the state of Florida.
The median value of a home property in this city is $182,400, showing a growth factor of more than 14 percent since the year 2000. The largest number of new homes were constructed in the city limits during 1974. Available homes for sale currently range from 1-bedroom houses priced at $10,952 to 5-or-more-bedroom homes selling for $510,000. Housing rental units are now on the real estate market with monthly rental fees of $199 or less for studio apartments to $2,000 or more for units with multiple bedrooms and baths. The median monthly rental rate currently equals approximately $1,075.
Whether you are seeking a new home in a charming, scenic coastal locale or a seasonal vacation residence, Pompano Beach, Florida is an ideal location to explore.
Rio Vista was formed in the 1920’s when the area began a transition from an agricultural community to more of a resort community. It is a very affluent neighborhood. The community has over 1000 homes which consist of mainly single family homes. The median home price for the 2016 year was $1,049,200. These prices are up 5.2% from the household costs the year before. In 2016, the median rent for homes in the area is $6,390.00 per month. The community has some of the most expensive housing prices in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is most likely that property values will continue to rise over the years. Many of the most luxurious waterfront homes in the State of Florida are located within the community.
The median household income in Rio Vista is $76,874. This is 44% higher than the national average. It is also almost double the median household income for the Fort Lauderdale area as well as the State of Florida. The unemployment rate is 2.1%, which is significantly lower than Fort Lauderdale and the entire state. There is no poverty rate to speak of in the area.
The climate in Rio Vista is very nice year round. The low average temperature typically occurs in February and is approximately 69 degrees. The average high temperature typically occurs in August and is approximately 84 degrees. There is moderate to low rainfall throughout the year. The rainiest month is June with an average rainfall of 7.8 inches. The other months of spring and summer are moderate rainfall averaging around 4 inches. The rainfall in the fall and winter months is about 1 to 2 inches.
The crime rate in the area is lower than the national average by approximately 15%. It is safer than 77% of all of the other cities in Florida. And the crime rate is approximately 1/3rd of the crime rate in neighboring Fort Lauderdale. A majority of the crimes that do occur are crimes against property. They have a very low rate for violent crimes.
Rio Vista means “river view” in Spanish. It is bordered on one side by the New River Intracoastal waterway. There are many isles in the community and many waterfront homes. The neighborhood is a boaters paradise. The boating and yachting community have quick access to the ocean directly from the community. The ocean access is by the 17th Street Causeway Bridge. The bridge provides a 55 foot clearance for boats. It also opens every 15 minutes to allow larger boats to pass through.
The neighborhood is diverse and provides lots of opportunities and amenities. It is close to shopping, dining and entertainment. The neighborhood also offers quick access to the beach, the highway, the downtown Fort Lauderdale area, as well as the Fort Lauderdale airport.
The Intracoastal waterway, also known as “the Venice of America,” is a very popular way for people to get around. There are water taxis on the waterway to provide transportation as well as a way for tourists to see the area. Many of these water taxis offer cabins, restrooms, and have a full bar.
Las Olas Boulevard is nearby in Fort Lauderdale. It was originally built in the 1920’s and was a dirt road. It was built to provide a passageway between Fort Lauderdale and the beach. It has become a very famous street. It is home to some famous celebrities and some of the most magnificent homes. It is also home to great nightlife and shopping. Water taxi tours are available through the many canals that run along Las Olas Boulevard.
The Jungle Queen Riverboat is another attraction in the nearby area. It is a large riverboat that holds up to 550 passengers. While taking a tour of the area on the river boat, you also can enjoy all you can eat dining at the BBQ restaurant or a drink at the bar. The riverboat also offers indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Sea Ranch Lakes
Sea Ranch Lakes is a private community that is mostly gated, with the exception of a public shopping square. Residents here have their own private beach club, which has a pool and access to a private beach. Since the community is located right on the beach, residents can spend their spare time wading in the ocean or laying on a beach towel on the sand.Residents can also go to any of the public beaches such as Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. There is nothing better than walking along the beach during a magnificent sunset, watching the waves roll in.
The village’s namesake is the Sea Ranch hotel. It is home to two lakes that are located in the village. It became incorporated on October 6, 1959. It is a separate municipality, with its own mayor and seven council members. All residents are able to vote on issues that affect the community.
This community also has its own police force, made up of approximately 30 officers that patrol the gated community and shopping square. Per spotcrime.com, the crime rate in this community is very low. The most common crime in the area is burglaries that happen in the shopping area outside of the gated part of the community. The village also has access to other public services.
• The Pompano Beach Fire Department provide fire and medical services.
• The Fort Lauderdale Water Department takes care of water services.
• Sea Ranch Lake Beach Club employees are responsible for taking care of the village property. This includes the grounds, the streets, and lakes.
Along with paying the mortgage on their home, residents are also expected to pay an annual membership fee and property taxes. Membership dues help with maintaining the property within the community. The estimated median home sale price is over a million dollars. Per Zillow, current homes for sale in the area range from $924,000 to $4,250,000.
There is plenty to do in this area of Florida. For example, people can go scuba diving. There are beautiful coral reefs off the coast in this part of Florida, making it a very popular place to go diving. One area where residents and visitors can scuba dive is the SS Copenhagen, an underwater archeological preserve. The SS Copenhagen was a cargo steamer from the 19th century that became shipwrecked when it hit a coral reef back in 1900. Visitors can scuba dive and snorkel among the wreckage. They will also see a variety of sea life, including species such as the French Angelfish and the Caribbean Spiny Lobster.
In the surrounding town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, residents can go shopping and eat out. A popular restaurant is a seafood restaurant called Sea Watch On the Ocean. There are also other events that take place in town that Sea Ranch Lake residents can participate in, such as the annual lobster mini-season event, the Bugfest.
Florida is known for its wildlife, especially alligators and crocodiles. Sea Ranch Lakes residents can drive about 40 miles to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This is a wildlife preserve where visitors can paddle a canoe in the waters or hike the small trails. It is a great way to enjoy nature. Other ways people can enjoy nature and see wildlife in their natural habitat is by visiting the Everglades Wildlife Management Area.
Sea Ranch Lakes is a beautiful place to live for a well-to-do couple and/or family. The median age of the residents per the Census Bureau is about 48 years. However, the community is made of children, teens and young adults in their twenties and thirties, along with people who are middle-aged. Per the Census Bureau, an estimated 76.9% of residents are sixteen and over.
With such a variety in ages, residents should have no problem finding people that they can develop relationships. They can have gatherings in the privacy of their own community. For a wealthy person, living at Sea Ranch Lakes village is also one of the best ways to enjoy the nice and humid Florida climate.
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Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side, Sunny Isles, Florida is a barrier island close to Miami in the northeast of Miami-Dade County. Sunny Isles Beach is popular with travelers; those who love the white sandy beaches and palm-lined streets call this northern Miami area home. It is the site of Trump International Beach Resort as well as other luxury hotels. With the ambiance and friendliness of a small town, it also has the cosmopolitan feeling of Miami and Miami Beach. Golden Beach lies to the north and Haulover Park to the south. Sister cities include Taormina, Italy and Netanya, Israel.
Originally called “The Venice of America”, the area was purchased by Harvey Baker Graves in 1920 for development as a tourist resort. In 1925, it became accessible from Miami Beach with the construction of the Haulover Bridge. The area was known as North Miami Beach until approximately 1931, when it received its present name. The pier was built in 1936 and was named an historic site in 1982. After some hurricane damage, the pier was re-opened in 2013 as Newport Fishing Pier. The first single-family homes were built here during the 1950s, and the town was incorporated as a municipality in 1997.
Property Management in Sunny Isles
The city is bordered on the western side by the Intercoastal Waterway and on the eastern side by the Atlantic Ocean. Its borders include the areas of Golden Beach, Aventura and Bal Harbour. The current median value for a home here is $400,700. Current listings average $896,000. Average monthly rentals in 2017 is $1617 for a one-bedroom apartment. New luxury oceanfront high-rise buildings and condos set the town apart and provide a picturesque skyline.
Sunny Isles Property Manager
Those living here are culturally diverse; in 2000, Spanish was the language of 40%, English of 36% and Russian of 7.37%. Its population was approximately 20,000 in 2010 and the city covers 1.80 sq mi. The median age of residents is 49.8, and 58% are married. Crime rates here are 39% lower than the rest of Florida. The median household income in this city is $47,183. High school graduates or higher number 93%. The number of companies located in Sunny Isles is 4,136. There were 10,855 households in 2011-2015; children attend schools located here are part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Living here, you will be close to a public library, grocery stores, schools, restaurants, public transit and abundant parks. Intercoastal Park South, Gilbert Samson Oceanfront Park, Pelican Community Park, Town Center Park and other parks are enjoyed by residents in this southern Florida city.
Things to Do Nearby
Living near Miami and Miami Beach, there is a plethora of things to do. Close to home, enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm water of the Atlantic Ocean. Kayak or boat on the Intercoastal Waterway. Museums are located nearby, and the Museo Del Holocausto is right on Collins Avenue. Art galleries are also in the neighborhood.
Close to home, visit Oleta River State Park with its kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking and myriad trails for hiking. Its setting is the scenic area of Biscayne Bay. Stay with family in an air-conditioned cabin, for a break away from home.
Stroll through the art galleries at nearby Coral Gables, Florida, one of the oldest Miami neighborhoods. Interesting architecture is one of its highlights; dining and shopping are popular with those who spend the day here.
During the month of December, art lovers and those who enjoy buildings filled with art, can go south to Miami Beach for Art Basel. This annual event brings visitors to Florida from throughout the world to view works by well known artists as well as those lesser known or experimental. It happens at the Miami Convention Center as well as various other locations nearby.
Travel a bit further south for the famous architecture of South Beach; its eclectic mix of celebrity, design, hip culture and Mediterranean Revival architecture is a short distance from home. Dining options here are numerous, and the club scene is well known for its fun.
Miami is the site of the Orange Bowl and those living in the area will be close to the exciting games that are held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Residents take advantage of great shopping in Aventura at the high end Aventura Mall, just across the bridge. They also enjoy shopping at Bal Harbor shops, located nearby in Bal Harbor. Transportation is easy here, as free Community Shuttle buses pick up residents and visitors at major points.
A gated community of 379 homes, located in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, The Isles is conveniently located near I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, providing residents with easy access to all that Florida has to offer.
Median home prices as of August 2017, are $469,000 for an approximately 2,000+ square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, with attached 2-car garage. Rental properties are averaging $3,000 per month for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home, and apartment home rental prices near the area start at $1,417 per month for a 1 bedroom property. Homes in this neighborhood range from 3 separate floor plans and styles, offering between 2-5 bedrooms to accommodate every size and need in accommodations.Luxurious amenities are readily available to residents. As a housing community completed in 2003 and situated on 180 pristine acres of walkable, lush Florida beauty, the community offers cul-de-sac streets, waterfront homes, and 8 lakes winding through the property.
An on-site clubhouse is available for use to all of the residents, as well as a sparkling swimming pool, inviting tennis courts, and a full fitness center with everything needed to support an active lifestyle. There are many open green spaces that enhance the peacefulness of the community.
The Isles is in close proximity to many of the best Florida beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Nearby beaches include Lake Worth Beach, which is one of many perfect choices for families. The clean and well-cared for beach has on-duty lifeguards, a playground, ample parking, and a choice of many dining options nearby. The John D MacArthur State Park in North Palm Beach provides an incredible spot for swimming, snorkeling, people-watching, and sunning on the sand. There is canoeing and kayaking, as well as a playground and nature trails with a Nature Center on site. BBQ grills and picnic tables are plentiful and make it easy to spend the whole day at the beach.
Palm Beach Gardens, founded in 1959, is host to the famous Honda Classic. It is home to the PGA Headquarters, and sports 14 excellent golf courses for the golf enthusiast from novice to expert. Shopping is an excellent experience with luxurious shopping malls, such as the Gardens Mall and Legacy Place, as well as exclusive boutiques and discount shopping outlets, all offering shopping experiences for every age and interest, just a short drive away.
As a thriving economic area, restaurants are plentiful, offering fine dining experiences for a special night out, or casual dinning on the go. Fresh seafood is readily available at many fine eateries. Many grocery stores located in the area offer convenience for residents.
Nature abounds in this area. The Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area is perfect for taking a walk or bike ride, and is ideal for bird watchers. The peaceful and well preserved Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area offers hiking trails and a boardwalk for experiencing nature all around. One of the paved trails offers excellent wheelchair accessibility and an easy path, which is perfect for children to have the opportunity to observe nature up close.
Options abound for delving into the history of the Palm Beach Gardens area. The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum provides access through exhibits to local history. The Flagler History Museum also provides excellent information and exhibits on aviation and railway history in the area in the beautiful mansion that was the former estate of Henry Flagler.
The city of Palm Beach Gardens is an active community with tree lined streets and an appreciation of art and culture through rotating art exhibits. As a highly educated community, commerce is alive and thriving. The largest employers in the area include areas focusing on agriculture, aerospace and engineering, and computers and technology, providing services and products that are highly competitive worldwide and reach customers on an international market. The ease of accessing major roads, waterways, railroads, and an international airport nearby assist encouraging profitability of business. According to the most recent US Census Bureau report, the median age for the area is 48 years old, 86% Caucasian. A bachelor’s level of education or higher has been achieved by 46.8% of the residents. Palm Beach Gardens is statistically 69% safer than the other areas of Florida, and The Isles, as it is a gated community, offers additional peace of mind to residents.
Truly an oasis for singles, couples, and families, there is tranquility in the community of The Isles.
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The Landings of South Myers
Located on McGregor Boulevard at College Parkway and The Caloosahatchee River/Intracoastal Waterway, residents are within one half hour from Southwest Florida International Airport. They are also within minutes from luxurious shopping malls, top-rated restaurants, clean sandy beaches and highly-rated municipal golf courses. Known as a “bundled” community, residents have a full range of activities and sports venues in which to spend their leisure time or retirement days.
Developed exclusively for homeowners, their private Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club includes:
• Scenic riverside areas for picnicking and land-based waterfront activities
• Private fishing lake, regularly stocked with fresh-water fish
• Boat marina with 192 deep water boating slips
• Dry boat storage options reserved only for homeowners
• Sailing, including remote control sailing
• Junior Olympic length heated swimming pool
• 18 hole executive golf course
• Putting green and driving range
• 13 “Har-true” surface tennis courts for tennis classes, singles and doubles play
• 8 Pickle Ball courts
• Courts designed for Bocce Ball and Shuffleboard
• Ping pong and table-based gaming rooms
• State of the art fitness center, including professionally led classes
• “The Wheelhouse” – a restaurant and grille located at the marina
• “The Helm” – a restaurant and bar located within the Clubhouse
• Private clubhouse, for official and casual get-togethers
• Party room for community-based and privately run events
• Expertly landscaped and flower-filled grounds
• Interior paths especially designed for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling
Home prices and recent sales activity
The Landings includes everything from expansive villas along the riverfront, to multilevel townhouses and single-level apartments located within multistory condominium buildings. (“Ariel” is the newest of these luxury high rise buildings.) There are additionally single family houses, townhouses and condominiums available for those residents who wish to rent their homes. These include those properties available on a year-round basis, as well as rentals for seasonal use by the Sunshine State’s beloved “snowbird” visitors.
According to Zillow.com, top sales in the area have included a riverfront villa that sold for upwards of $2,000,000. However on the average, prices for single family homes and condominiums are far more affordable. A one bedroom, one bath condominium can be purchased for as little as $100,000. Meanwhile, a single family house with four bedrooms and three full bathrooms was just purchased for $649,000.
Homeowners Association information for The Landings
Within this deluxe development, there are fifteen different homeowners associations which work in tandem with each other. There are two homeowner associations for those residents who live in standalone houses. Another twelve homeowner associations exist to work with residents who own and/or rent out their condominiums. The prestigious Riverside yacht Club Estates Association also operates within this group.
South Fort Myers
Located in Lee County, this city is considered the “gateway” to the Southwestern region of the Sunshine State. Famous as the site of the winter homes of automobile tycoon Henry Ford and famed inventor Thomas Edison, their fully restored homes are stilled toured by millions of visitors each year. The city itself is actually named for Abraham Myers, a highly decorated Colonel in the American military during the Civil War.
Fort Myers comprises a total area of just over 40 square miles, as per statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau. Of this total, just under nine square miles are lakes and other prominently water-filled property. Due to its semi-tropical climate, this area has always been popular with visitors and those seeking to escape the doldrums of winter. While winters are enjoyably mild, the warm weather months are notably long, hot and humid.
Transportation options for area residents
The closest airport for residents of South Fort Myers, is Southwest Florida International Airport. Open since 1983, this airport is best known by the initials RSW. Travelers now arrive and depart from its newest state of the art terminal, opened in 2005. Visitors to South Fort Myers have a choice of over 14 airlines that serve the region. These include daily non-stop domestic flights throughout North America, as well as international flights to Europe, Central and South America.
Southwest Florida International Airport is not only convenient for local residents of South Fort Myers, but it provides easy access to popular vacation spots and beaches along the Gulf Coast. Commuters find that the airport is conveniently reached by automobile via United States Route 41 and Interstate Road 75. Visitors have a variety of rental car options at the airport and will be able to reach the beach within a leisurely 30 minute drive.
Education – elementary through high school
There is a wide selection of public schools for youngsters living in the South Fort Myers area. Officially part of the Lee County School District, there are a total of 49 elementary, 21 junior high and 15 senior high schools. These schools join several private, charter and parochial schools that serve the community.
In the delightful community of Victoria Park, Florida you are sure to find any and everything to meet your needs and delight your senses. This master-planned community was dreamed up with convenience in mind, offering shopping, recreation, and nature at your fingertips.
Things to Do
Welcoming the young and the young at heart. Located in the historic college town of DeLand, home of Stetson University, Florida’s oldest university, you can expect ample access to major attractions like Walt Disney World and famed Daytona Beach to more local fun such as charming Lake Victoria, situated on 10-acres of park land. Whether it’s having a ball in the butterfly garden, taking in a summer concert in the amphitheater, or enjoying a leisurely stroll each warm, Florida eve, there is no shortage of things to do to fill your days and nights with happy memories.
If you seek more creature comforts than nature can offer, the city of DeLand boasts more than its share of top notch shopping and highly recommended restaurants to satisfy your culinary hankerings.
Shops in the area include Spice of Life Herbs & Holistic Center, Wily Owl Toy Store, Marketplace at Rivertown, DeLand Soaphouse Beards, Bath, and Beauty, The Muse Bookshop, and Artisan Alley just to you started. Those with an appreciation for heart can always take in the newest showings at the Museum of Art – DeLand.
If food is what you are really craving, you can go Latin inspired at the 5-star rated De La Vega Restaurante Y Galeria, spoil yourself on the delectable offerings at The Twisted Chopstick, go with Mediterranean at Santorini’s Greek Cuisine, or all American at The Table Restaurant, just to name a few.
If you want an adventure that will take you out of town, but you aren’t looking to go too far just yet, Orlando and its endless possibilities is just a quick thirty-minute drive to the south, while Smyrna Beach is even closer, a short twenty-minute jaunt from your front doorstep. High end retail, countless ways to get the blood pumping, and hundreds of ways to unwind from the daily grind can all be found just down south.
Homes in Victoria Park of DeLand, Florida
Founded in 1876, the city of DeLand has a population of just over 31,569 residents as of 2016. It is also part of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, metro statistical area, increasing the number of residents nearby to around 960,000 as of 2016. Homes in the surrounding area run the gamut of prices, beginning anywhere from 150K to over 1 million dollars.
The houses in Victoria Park neighborhoods were designed not for form and function alone, but to appeal to the eye, as well. These homes offer multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and scores amenities, including access to a full-time lifestyle director whose sole job is to ensure you and your family always have something to do, when you want to get out and enjoy the state’s gorgeous weather. Community-wide events are a regular benefit, as well as many clubs and educational activities.
You can find homes waiting for you in Cresswind at Victoria Gardens, a gated community that even offers a ballroom amongst its many other features. Homes in this neighborhood, ranging from 2 to 3-bedrooms with 15-2,000 square feet of room begin in the $200s to over $300K.
In the Victoria Commons neighborhood, sports reigns, with access to a Jr. Olympic-sized pool, lit tennis courts, and miles of walking trails, alongside various other opportunities for active families. Homes here also run in the $200 to $300K range.
Offering a spectacular Ron Garl designed championship golf course, bike and walking paths, the homes in Victoria Hills offer more space for growing families. These jaw-droppingly gorgeous, award winning homes offer 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2,500 to over 2,700 square feet of room. Prices range upwards of $500K.
Victoria Trails is a family-friendly neighborhood located near Freedom Elementary School. With access to the Victoria Trails Amenity Center, kids and parents alike can enjoy a resort-style pool and clubhouse, a picnic pavilion, playground, an state-of-the-art fitness equipment, ensuring family members of all ages have plenty to do, close at hand. This new neighborhood is full of new home selections for presale with homes starting in the $190s.
Historic DeLand, Florida is the perfect backdrop to Victoria Park and its idyllic neighborhoods, offering a wide variety of rental homes ranging in cost from $1,500 to $4,000 dollars per month and homes for purchase ranging anywhere from the just under $200K to upwards of $500K, ensuring there is a great fit for just about any family looking to relocate.
Wilton Manors, Florida, which is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach Metropolitan area has only been in existence for 70 years, as it was first recognized as a village in 1947 and then it was finally incorporated in 1953. Prior to 1925, the area and its corresponding train station were known as Colohatchee. Still, in that short amount of time, the city has developed quite a lot of culture.
In 2017, the FL League of Cities recognized city Mayor Gary Resnick, bestowing him with a Home Rule Hero Award. “Home Rule” is a method of local legislation which allows a city to establish its own form of government, enacting ordinances, resolutions, codes and plans without the need for prior state approval.
Wilton Manors Property and Homes
In this suburb of Fort Lauderdale, 56% of the people own their own homes and the average value of a home here is $245,000. That’s about one and a half times the state average for Florida. The average monthly rental cost is around $1075 which is less than $75 over the state average price.
Those high home values are not surprising given that the city was originally laid out by a Georgia land developer named Edward John “Ned” Willingham, whose intention was for the area to become an upscale residential community. According to the Chief of Police Paul O’Connell, their already low crime rates have been steadily decreasing over the past three years. The town reached a 20 year low in crime rates in 2015 and the numbers have been lower each year since.
Statistics show that the area continues to be a popular destination which attracts not only new residents, but also many tourists and businesses, eager to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, high home resale values and low crime rates.
Wilton Manors People
The population of this Florida city is just over 12,500 people, fifteen percent of whom are LGBT couples, including Mayor Resnick and his partner, as well as the Vice Mayor of the city. The average median income of the area is just under $55,000, which is quite a bit higher than the rest of the state. A full 38% of those people have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
Referred to as the “Second Gayest City” and also as the South Florida Gay News’s “Best City,” the town is a popular LGBT tourist destination and the police department undergoes special training in order to be sensitive to LGBT needs in terms of law enforcement. Though marriage equality only became legal in Florida in January 2015, the city has had a domestic partnership ordinance which extended equal benefits to City employees and their domestic partners since 1999. Every city contract must include an anti-discrimination clause specific to LGBT people.
The town’s website states that “all of the neighborhoods in this two-square mile Island City are diverse and safe for all residents.” This differs from most LGBT-friendly cities, where there are usually specific neighborhoods where the LGBT population is concentrated.
In addition to the high LGBT population, the city is home to a wide array of cultures and languages, including Spanish, French Creole, Italian, and several others. While the individual numbers are low for each culture, the total percentage of people for whom English is not their first language is over 20% of the population. The town claims to be a place where diversity is embraced, not tolerated.
Wilton Manors Nightlife and Culture
Wilton Drive, also known simply as “The Drive” is the city’s equivalent of Main Street. The Drive is home to a thriving Arts and Entertainment district, with shops, 40 different restaurants, lounges and bars, and even some condos and rental properties, all along the way.
Also in the city are several museums, including the Pride Center at Equality Park, and a branch of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing LGBT culture. The town has seven major parks, featuring boat access, dog facilities, nature preserves and fitness stations, as well as several smaller parks throughout the area. There is also a large municipal library which has been in operation for 60 years.
This small city is also known for playing host to an annual canoe race, where 25 teams of ten people per team, compete in a relay race that spans a seven mile stretch of the Middle River. The race in 2017 coincided with the city’s 70th anniversary celebration.